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With a major week of earnings right around the corner, we thought it would be useful to our readers to provide an analysis of the companies set to report in the first half of next week. This analysis contains a breakdown of each company's default recommendation according to AFG's Buy/Sell criteria, a look at their valuation attractiveness, and a look at the direction their Economic Margin's are expected to head in the upcoming year. The three companies that look the most attractive based on these criteria are Pfizer (NYSE:PFE), Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD) and Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX).

A company's Economic Margin (EM) is a measurement of their true earnings above or below their cost of capital. EM also corrects distortions caused by accounting policies to give a more accurate assessment of a company's real value. It is important to understand the direction a company's EMs are heading because, by knowing this, one can get a complete assessment of how profitable a company can be in the future. The EM Framework addresses profitability, competition, growth and cost of capital. When factoring in each of these variables, investors can fully assess a company's value.

Below is the list of companies reporting earnings in the first half of the upcoming week along with a closer look at Boston Scientific:

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According to the chart below, BSX's intrinsic value is above its current stock price, which leads us to believe that Boston Scientific is undervalued right now.

According to the Wealth Creation chart below, BSX has shown a positive Economic Margin and is forecasted to improve that margin in the upcoming year.

Source: Www.EconomicMargin.com

AFG's Buy/Sell criteria factor in Economic Margin, Management Quality, and AFG's Valuation Metric. In order to determine Management Quality, AFG scores management on their growth decisions in accordance with the company’s ability to either create or destroy wealth. AFG's Valuation Metric measures a company's Percent to Target (the deviation between a stock's current trading price and its AFG current default target price). To derive the intrinsic value of a firm, AFG uses its proprietary Valuation Model.

AFG's default valuation is a good place to start because it is a simple metric that gives a more accurate outlook on a company's value while correcting distortions.

AFG’s Intrinsic Value Chart identifies how far a stock’s intrinsic value (target price assuming immediate decay) deviates from its trading range, which helps you recognize potentially mispriced stocks and pursue long and short opportunities.

• The blue bars represent the high and low trading range for a stock for 1 year.
• The red dotted line represents AFG’s historical Intrinsic Value through time.
• When the red line (Intrinsic Value) is above the blue bars (trading range), the company looks to be undervalued.
• When the red line (Intrinsic Value) is below the blue bars (trading range), the company looks to be overvalued.

AFG’s Intrinsic Value Chart also contains a company’s Value Score (ranked valuation attractiveness), Economic Margin Change (expected increase/decrease in economic profitability), and Accuracy score (how well AFG’s default valuation has tracked the company).

Wealth Creation Report displays a company’s Economic Margins (what a company earns above or below its cost of capital) through time as well as a projection of their expected future levels. The second graph shows how a company has grown their assets over time and also contains a projection of how they will grow their assets next year. AFG’s view on wealth creation starts by looking for profitable companies that are also growing their assets to make the most of that profitability.

Source: Earnings on Deck - Three Companies That Look the Best